Fantasy Baseball: Week Eight Rundown

Matthew BeckCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 23:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during game two of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 4-2.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Week Eight Rundown

After a long weekend of interleague play, teams are now getting back to their regular schedules. Memorial Day will have a full slate of games, starting with games in the early afternoon.  

Headlining the week is the first start of the year from David Price, who was recently called up by the Rays due to the injury to Scott Kazmir. If you are an owner of him, you are lucky enough to get two starts out of him this week.

There are a number of injuries that need to be addressed as well this week, with the front runners being Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez. 

Also, there is a rising star in the making in the Phillies outfield by the name of John Mayberry, who hit his first career home run in his first big league game.


American League injury updates

The Rays have placed both Scott Kazmir (right quadriceps strain) and Troy Percival (right shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend. Expect the Rays to play the matchups to decide who gets the save opportunities.

Vladimir Guerrero (torn right pectoral muscle) is expected to be activated prior to the Angels game on Monday. Expect to see Guerrero fill the designated hitter role for the rest of the season.

The Yankees expect Joba Chamberlain to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday after he got hit by a line drive on Thursday against the Orioles. If he doesn’t start, Chien-Ming Wang will step in for his spot in the rotation.

Vicente Padilla (strained right shoulder) was placed on the disabled list on Friday. This is very disappointing after the great start Padilla has had this year.

To add to the Rays' injuries, Pat Burrell (neck strain) was officially placed on the disabled list. This is retroactive, so he is expected to rejoin the team sometime this week.

The Indians are expected to activate Travis Hafner (right shoulder soreness) as early as Monday. Hafner will play in Triple-A Columbus on Sunday after a day off on Saturday.

According to Royals manager Trey Hillman, Joakim Soria (shoulder) is at least 10 days away from returning to the Royals bullpen.

John Smoltz (right shoulder surgery) is still about a month away from making his season debut for the Red Sox. Smoltz will be making a Double-A start on Tuesday, which would be his second rehab start.

Michael Young was inactive for the Rangers game on Saturday. Young injured his ankle on Friday but said he wants to play in the Rangers' next game.


National League injury updates

Jose Reyes (tendinitis behind right calf) has been sidelined over the last five games. He has not been placed on the disabled list as of yet, but it is looking like he will be within the next few days.

After returning to the Reds lineup for the first time in a week, Joey Votto (inner ear infection) hit a pair of home runs on Saturday. But this was short-lived as Votto was scratched from the lineup on Sunday, saying that he isn’t 100 percent.

After activating Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs filled the disabled list spot quickly with often-injured Rich Harden. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

The Braves' Tom Glavine (left shoulder surgery) will be making two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. He threw 56 pitches in his last rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Hiroki Kuroda (left oblique strain) felt fine after a rehab start for High-A Inland Empire on Friday. He is expected to be activated by the Dodgers in early June.

The Cardinals received some good news regarding outfielder Rick Ankiel (bruised shoulder, whiplash). Ankiel was activated on Sunday and will bat fifth in the lineup for the Cardinals.

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was hospitalized on Saturday night after suffering back spasms following the game against the Red Sox. He was released Sunday but is unsure when he will be back in action.

Brandon Phillips was scratched from the Reds lineup on Sunday after X-rays showed a hairline fracture in his thumb. It is unclear how long the injury will have Phillips sidelined.

The Rockies received bad news regarding catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta will be going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.


Two-start pitchers

This week has many good pitchers slated to start two games. The front runner is Javier Vazquez, who has great matchups this week facing weak offensive teams. Others like Francisco Liriano or Jon Lester are starting to get out of their early season slumps and must step up this week with two starts for their given teams.

Best options

Javier Vazquez (ATL): @SF (Sanchez), @ ARI (Davis)

Yovani Gallardo (MIL): STL (Carpenter), CIN (Harang)

Justin Verlander (DET): @KC (Meche), @BAL (Guthrie)

Wandy Rodriguez (HOU): @CIN (Harang), @PIT (Maholm)

Chris Carpenter (STL): @MIL (Gallardo), @SF (Sanchez)


Good options

Matt Garza (TB): @CLE (Pavano), MIN (Blackburn)

Ryan Dempster (CHC): PIT (Maholm), LAD (Stults)

Ervin Santana (LAA): CHW (Danks), SEA (Jakubauskas)

Edwin Jackson (DET): @KC (Greinke), @BAL (TBD)

Francisco Liriano (MIN): BOS (Penny), @TB (Price)

John Danks (CHW): @LAA (Santana), @KC (Meche)

David Price (TB): @CLE (Carmona), MIN (Liriano)

Jon Lester (BOS): @MIN (Blackburn), @TOR (Tallet)


OK options

Aaron Harang (CIN): HOU (Rodriguez), @MIL (Gallardo)

Max Scherzer (ARI): SD (Correia), ATL (Medlen)

John Maine (NYM): WAS (Lannan), FLA (Miller)

Paul Maholm (PIT): @CHC (Dempster), HOU (Rodriguez)

Jonathan Sanchez (SF): ATL (Vazquez), STL (Carpenter)

Chris Volstad (FLA): @PHI (Moyer), @NYM (Redding)


Not so great options

John Lannan (WAS): @NYM (Maine), @PHI (Moyer)

Brad Penny (BOS): @MIN (Liriano), @TOR (Richmond)

Jamie Moyer (PHI): FLA (Volstad), WAS (Lannan)

Doug Davis (ARI): SD (Gaudin), ATL (Vazquez)

Jorge De La Rosa (COL): LAD (Stults), SD (Gaudin)

Gil Meche (KC): DET (Verlander), CHW (Danks)

Matt Harrison (TEX): NYY (Hughes), OAK (Braden)

Fausto Carmona (CLE): TB (Price), NYY (Sabathia)

Eric Stults (LAD): @COL (De La Rosa), @CHC (Dempster)

Kris Medlen (ATL): @SF (Lincecum), @ARI (Scherzer)

Jeremy Guthrie (BAL): TOR (Tallet), DET (Verlander)

Sean Marshall (CHC): PIT (Snell), LAD (Milton)

Nick Blackburn (MIN): BOS (Lester), @TB (Garza)


Other news and notes

David Price was called up by the Rays on Sunday and will start on Monday against the Indians. Price is replacing Scott Kazmir on the active roster.

Randy Johnson will once again be trying to record his 299th career win on Wednesday against the Braves. Johnson will probably be one of the last pitchers to record 300 wins, as long as he stays healthy.

The Florida Marlins sent Ricky Nolasco to Triple-A New Orleans to hopefully get him out of his slump. Nolasco, who was the Marlins' opening day starter on 2009, is 2-5 with a 9.07 ERA so far this season.

After receiving a phone call from his father, Tony Gwynn Jr. has been traded to the Padres. He should receive a lot more playing time with the Padres compared to his minimal play for the Brewers.

The Reds have once again called up pitching prospect Homer Bailey. Bailey took the mound on Saturday against the Indians and once again couldn’t get the job done.

Dontrelle Willis will try to duplicate his last start today against the Rockies. Willis must keep pitching well in order for the Tigers to keep him in the rotation.

After a slow start, the Blue Jays demoted their top prospect Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Blue Jays said they wanted their slugger to receive more at-bats than what he was getting at the major league level.

All across the fantasy baseball world, the name Jesus Guzman is starting to come up. The Giants called up their top hitting prospect over the weekend and expect him to spark their batting lineup.

The Rays are committed to use the “closer by committee” method after the injury to Troy Percival. Expect manager Joe Maddon to use matchups to decide who gets the save opportunity.

Carlos Quentin was back in the White Sox lineup on Friday night as the designated hitter. Expect him to start to get back to last year’s form.

Manny Ramirez was said to be working out in Florida over the weekend. Ramirez is not eligible to be reinstated until July.

John Mayberry came into the major leagues with a bang yesterday for the Phillies. Mayberry recorded his first major league home run off of Andy Pettitte after starting the game in right field.


Good luck to all this week, and check back again next week for the weekly rundown!


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